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    Talking Hello from an even older Dude

    Hi people,

    I am a programmer from way back - 1962. I first started on a Ferranti Pegasus Mark I (look it up in Wikipedia). We coded machine code in octal!!
    Things have changed a bit since then.

    I have used more than a dozen different languages and not that I am retired I am programming for the fun of it.

    Having used Pascal, COBOL, BASIC, C and C++ for the last 15 years I am now learning Java. Seems to the best I have come across so far. Beats COBOL anyway!!

    No doubt I will be making mistakes and will need your help. In the distant future I may be able to help others too.

    Alan.

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    Hi Alan,

    Welcome to our community. :)

    Your wast knowledge on different programming language really helpful to more people here in our community, I'm sure about that. And also learning Java wont be a big issue to you.

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    Default Java is very close heritage.

    I bet you never heard of the Wortman Mod. A bench tech by the name of Wortman in a medium-small 029 refurb shop made an 029 print right to left. I obtained the job through a referral from the CDC tech school I had enrolled in. They would take most candidates from the tech school because they were the only candidate pool smart enough to just take the next few and put them on the shop floor. It worked. Most of the kids nowdays think those plastic 033's are TTY's .... too many have only seen the phosphor screen and think of a tty as several lines of code. We had a 7700 replete with motor-generator.

    About all you need to know to transition is no void anything anywhere and final in place of const. Did you know that constant keyword binds to the left?

    You should see the Libraries, totally awesome. Here, I give you some code to work on:
    Java Code:
    // rand(max - min) + min
    
    public class LoadPositions 
    {
        Integer COUNT=null;//
        java.util.Random RANDOMIZER=null;//
        LoadPositions(Integer count)
        {
            this.COUNT=count;
            this.RANDOMIZER = new java.util.Random();
        }
        // Posibly replace with crypto grade an run as background.
        public static synchronized boolean main(java.util.Vector positions)
        {
            if(positions != null)
            {
                if(positions instanceof java.util.Vector)
                {
                    if(positions.size() < 0x00000001)
                    {
                        return false;
                    }
                    else
                    {
                        // range [640 X 480]
                        final Integer W = new Integer(640);
                        final Integer H = new Integer(480);
                        int begin =  0x00000000;
                        int INDEX = COUNT.intValue();
                        do
                        {
                            // 0 <= range returned < specified value
                            int next = 40 + seed.nextInt(variable + 1);
                            if(next < min) min = next;
                            if(next > max) max = next;
                        }
                        while(--INDEX > 0x00000000);
                        // if we get here, all good.
                        return true;
                    }
                }
            }
            else
            {
                return false;
            }
        }
    }
    That is right in the first-pass of slap something up there. It is supposed to create a list of ordered pairs ( spare me masters, I am slappin it up there right now - not even half done ) with a min of zero and a max of COUNT with each variant pair being { 640,480 } max. I copied some sample code a senior member put up for a beginner or intermediate as a template. We do not have templates in Java, a template is probably sample code if anything.

    The only important thing is to not tear up nineteen dollar plastic keyboards in frustration, something that was not an issue in the True Metal Empire. ( before plastic )

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    This sounds like somethink HAL would have said as his brain was being disconnected. :D

    Alan.
    There are 10 types of people - those who understand binary and those who don't!!
    Today is the Beta version of Tomorrow!!

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    Welcome Alan..
    Your signature is great..............:)
    see you around.......
    Regards,
    freddie

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    A nice signature. How about if it change to,

    There are 2 types of people - ....

    just kidding man. ;)

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    10 IS 2 in binary arithmetic!!

    :D

    Alan
    There are 10 types of people - those who understand binary and those who don't!!
    Today is the Beta version of Tomorrow!!

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    Hi Alan,
    welcome to community,as being beginer i consider you my grandfather in programming:D

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    Welcome to the forums, Alan! ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan-LB View Post
    This sounds like somethink HAL would have said as his brain was being disconnected. :D

    Alan.
    Space Oddisy 2000, right? Not too sure about the spelling...
    Doctor :_HAL, we need to sacrifice the ship the save our lives. You will probably not survive.
    HAL___:_I understand. Doctor, will I dream?
    Doctor :_I don't know HAL.
    HAL___:_I understand.
    Classic movie, that one. ;)

    Enjoy the forums, Alan! :p
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    Great to have folks of all sort of ages here. Welcome!
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